With the number of Māori households waiting for homes increasing by more than 20 per cent in the past year, it’s time the Māori Party admits its support of the Government’s state house sell-off has made life worse for whānau, Labour’s MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Meka Whaitiri says.
“At the end of June, there were 1648 Māori or whānau waiting for homes on the Social Housing Register. This is 100 more than the previous quarter and a whopping increase of 21 per cent on the 1355 Māori wanting to be housed last June.
Ruataniwha Dam promoters Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) still has hurdles to clear and a lot of work to do before ratepayers and taxpayers will have confidence in the scheme, says Labour’s MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Meka Whaitiri.
“We need sustainable water management for all users in the region but so far, many more things have gone wrong rather than right for Ruataniwha.
New Waitangi Tribunal claims objecting to the Crown’s proposed Maori land reforms are further evidence of the lack of support for the changes, says Labour’s Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.
“Further claims were lodged with the Tribunal last week. In the last month alone there has been a scathing Waitangi Tribunal report, top-brass Māori claimants appealing to the United Nation’s indigenous rights group and now more claimants seeking an urgent hearing.
The Government’s reforms for local government lack a coherent strategy, appear to be ideologically driven and fail to state what benefits they will provide communities, Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Meka Whaitiri says.
“The Local Government Minister’s new Better Local Services package is all over the place.
The Minister of Maori Development must publicly commit to delaying the introduction of Maori land reforms until the findings of the Waitangi Tribunal are properly addressed, says Labour MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri.
“The Waitangi Tribunal’s findings show that all Maori landowners will be disadvantaged if the Bill proceeds in its current form.
Māori landowners concerned about further loss of land resulting from planned reforms to Māori land laws will be disappointed with the evasive answer given by the Māori Development Minister in Parliament today, says Labour’s Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.
Labour supports a call for the Auditor-General to investigate the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s $40 million commitment to the Ruataniwha dam by four of its own councillors, Labour’s MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri says.
“The Council’s ‘provisional decision’ to commit so much ratepayers money without any public consultation, is a very serious matter.
The Māori Development Minister needs to get real and admit he has not secured the broad-based support required to move ahead with the changes to Maori land laws, says Labour’s MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Meka Whaitiri.
“Te Ururoa Flavell has said he attended about a third of the 20 consultation hui, and claimed they all indicated support for the proposed changes.
Upper Hutt City Council’s controversial move to establish a “TPPA Free Zone” policy reflects the concern many local authorities have over the deal and the Government must now provide assurances to our representatives, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Meka Whaitiri.
“I am hearing the real concern out there about the implications of the TPPA at local government level.